American Dollars, Israeli Lives An up-close look at philanthropic efforts on behalf of Israel

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The donation of an ambulance to the American Friends of Magen David Adom by lifelong Pikesville residents Bill and Karen Glazer adds one more tangible piece to the large network of philanthropic, financial and emotional bonds that connect Israel with the United States. Magen David Adom, the national blood services center and emergency response team… Read More

Hopkins Student Attending Jerusalem Summit

Aliza Waxman
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Johns Hopkins University doctoral candidate Aliza Waxman will bring years of experience working on the issue of global health in three different continents when she attends the 2015 ROI Community Summit in Jerusalem this month. The summit will bring 150 Jewish innovators with a wide range of skills and backgrounds to the Israeli capital city… Read More

Cardin Scholarships Awarded to 72 Special Needs Students

Special needs students from across the state, including 18 from the greater Baltimore region, were awarded Michael Cardin Scholarships. Announced on Monday, the annual awards — established in 1998 following the death of Sen. Ben Cardin’s son, Michael — are managed by the Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities. The organization’s executive director, Dorie… Read More

Jewish Festival Comes to the Quarry Event features community organizations, synagogues, vendors, music, food and more

The Baltimore American Jewish Festival will be held on Sunday, June 7, at Quarry Lake at Greenspring. (Provided)

This Sunday, Quarry Lake at Greenspring will likely be packed for the Baltimore American Jewish Festival. The festival, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., features live Jewish music, kosher food, author signings, a kids area and around 100 vendors that include artisans, synagogues, schools, Jewish and community service agencies. Jay Harris, who runs… Read More

JT Honored with Rockower Awards

The Baltimore Jewish Times won several honors in the 2015 Rockower Awards competition held by the American Jewish Press Association. The JT’s editor-in-chief, Joshua Runyan, who also serves as editorial director of publisher Mid-Atlantic Media, won first place in single commentary for “Life-or-Death Struggle,” an installment of his popular “Opening Thoughts” column discussing the Jewish… Read More

‘State’ of Confusion Will Vatican’s Palestine reference impact Jewish-Catholic ties?

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Authority President Mahmoud 
Abbas as the pope leaves St. Peter’s 
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ceremony in Vatican City last month.

WASHINGTON — When considering the Vatican’s creep toward recognition of Palestinian statehood, think “Israel-Vatican” and not “Jewish-Catholic,” say Jewish officials involved in dialogue with the church. A May 13 announcement on an agreement regarding the functioning of the church in areas under Palestinian control raised eyebrows in its reference to the “State of Palestine.” The… Read More

The Cost of a Dignified Burial Jewish funeral expenses can be steep, but must they be?

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The emotional cost of burying a loved one can be overwhelming. But when a price tag upward of $8,000 for Jewish funeral expenses — the regional average, according to National Funeral Directors Association statistics — is added to that cost, the suffering can be exacerbated. “People go into debt for funerals. They take out loans…. Read More